Technical Articles

  • AFSA Technical Challenges

    May/June 2021 Answers and Explanations Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besides testi…

  • Flashpoint

    May 27 Webinar on Water Supply–Help Overturn Proposed Language that Could Hurt Sprinkler Contractors The topic of this month’s column is simple and sh…

  • AFSA Welcomes Joshua McDonald, CFPS

    New Technical Programs Specialist Enhances Engineering & Technical Services Department DALLAS – The American Fire Sprinkler Association…

  • Fitter’s Challenge

    Calling all Fitters! Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents one or multiple challenges for fitters. Besides chall…

  • Spotlight on Sprinkler System Freeze Protection

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a Dallas-based international trade association representing the fire sprinkler industry, empathizes wi…

AFSA Technical Challenges

May/June 2021 Answers and Explanations Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents technical challenges. Besides testing yourself and your co-workers, these exercises are excellent preparation for professional certification tests and also may count as continuing education hours. Check with your certification organization to see if this exercise meets …

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AFSA Welcomes Joshua McDonald, CFPS

New Technical Programs Specialist Enhances Engineering & Technical Services Department DALLAS – The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to welcome Joshua McDonald, CFPS to its Department of Engineering & Technical Services as technical programs specialist. In this role, he will be responsible for developing, updating, and delivery of technical content. “Joshua brings …

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Fitter’s Challenge

Calling all Fitters! Each issue, AFSA’s Engineering & Technical Services Department presents one or multiple challenges for fitters. Besides challenging yourself and your co-workers, working these problems enforces lessons that should be learned through an apprenticeship program and explains how requirements from the standard are applied in the field. To …

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Spotlight on Sprinkler System Freeze Protection

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a Dallas-based international trade association representing the fire sprinkler industry, empathizes with the people affected and the hardships presented by this unprecedented winter storm and freeze.The majority of fire sprinkler systems are installed with water-filled pipes, which must be protected from freezing and are …

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Flashpoint

As we start the New Year, my thoughts turn to addressing one of our membership’s largest needs: representation on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees. Our average contractor member typically does not have the time or resources to participate in the NFPA process actively. I know this firsthand. Working …

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Testing the Waters

Sometimes Evaluating Water Supply Takes on a Whole New Meaning In water-based fire protection systems, there’s one consistent factor… water. The sprinkler industry has long had a love/hate relationship with water. The whole concept around what we do is based on getting the right amount of water to the right …

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Have Issues with ITM?

Members Save Time and Money with Informal Interpretations The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) issues. Informal interpretations are prepared by the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Technical Services Department— John August Denhardt, PE, FSFPE, vice president of Engineering & Technical …

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